Vauxhall Insignia Sport Tourer takes home new car award

In its annual Car of the Year Awards 2011, Parkers named the estate version of Vauxhall’s flagship car the best value model in its segment, ahead of the likes of the Ford Focus Estate and Skoda Octavia.

Kieren Puffet, Editor of Parkers said: “The Vauxhall Insignia won the Parkers’ New Car Awards 2011 Family Estate category because it is a stylish estate, exudes quality and comes with many practical features to please owners."

These include Vauxhall’s Flexride suspension to improve handling and refinement alongside other technology such as Adaptive Forward Lighting and single-zone electronic climate control.

However, Puffet added: "What really impresses is that it proves delivering on a big, spacious estate doesn’t have to mean expensive bills.”

The model chosen to give customers the best value for money, based on cost of servicing, VED, fuel consumption and depreciation, was, unsurprisingly, the 2.0-litre CDTi ecoFLEX version.

The 160bhp ecoFLEX engine is the most efficient in the range, delivering 134g/km of CO2 emissions, which translates to £110 per year road tax in the UK.

The Insignia Sport Tourer also delivers 55.4mpg on the combined cycle, making it one of the most frugal cars in its segment.

No stranger to awards, the Vauxhall Insignia was awarded the prestigious 2009 European Car of the Year award for its ‘design, quality and innovation’. In total, the Insignia has collected over 40 other awards since it was introduced to replace the Vectra in the Vauxhall line-up.

Available as a saloon, hatchback or estate, the Vauxhall Insignia starts from £17,505. Sport Tourer versions begin at £18,885 and the 2.0-litre ecoFLEX version in Exclusive trim costs from £22,720 on-the-road.